August 15th, 2017

[podcast] Raising Catholic Kids #084

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We all want to know how to raise Catholic kids who will keep their faith and make it their own, but is there a magic formula to share?

NOPE.

The good news, though, is that there are some things we can do as families to encourage our kids in their faith lives and increase the likelihood that they will keep their Catholic faith well into their adult years. I talk about some of these in this week’s show. here are the three points we discuss.

1. Catholic families practice love and service to others.
2. Catholic families are unafraid to seek the truth.
3. Catholic families put God and family first.

We also share feedback from listeners Kim and Debbie this week, about balance, about finding the for yourself and how to discern whether it’s time to have another baby. Thanks so much for your feedback! It makes my day!

Episode mentioned in this week’s show:
Episode #035 The Art of Letting Go

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August 8th, 2017

[podcast] What is a Catholic Feminist? #083

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What is a Catholic feminist? Is that even a thing? We are talking this week with Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist Podcast. Claire shares what her journey has been toward fully embracing her Catholic faith while holding onto feminist ideals. She talks about the struggle of being a Catholic feminist and feeling sometimes caught between two worlds of feminism and faith.

I know you will enjoy the conversation, and afterwards, check out more about Claire and all she does with these links:

The Catholic Feminist Podcast

Claire on Instagram

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Claire’s “e-retreat,” 40 days to a Feminist Faith

This week, we also hear from listeners Louise, Brigid, and Tammy about raising Catholic kids, connecting with Girlfriend, and adjusting to an empty nest. Thanks for your feedback! It makes my day!

Episode mentioned in this week’s show:
Episode #035 The Art of Letting Go

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August 2nd, 2017

[podcast] Find Time for YOU #082

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We all know the drill about how important it is to “MAKE” time for yourself, or worse yet, “CARVE OUT” some time for yourself as a mom, but let’s be honest. It just doesn’t always happen. Life just gets in the way. And sometimes, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to finding to time to care for ourselves. This week, I’m sharing 4 different obstacles many of us face when it comes to finding time for our own pursuits, and some responses to them:

1) Guilt. Mom guilt is real. Let’s talk about how to banish it for good.

2) We don’t know what we want. I share what I think is the #1 thing that gets in the way of us find time for ourselves and putting it to good use.

3) We don’t delegate. It feels like we never have time because we insist upon doing all the things ourselves! Let’s talk about how to break this habit.

4) We think it has to be big deal. Sure, a spa weekend would be epic, but let’s talk about some realistic, do-able ways to find the time for refreshment, enjoyment, rest and recreation.

We also hear from listeners Lexy, David, and Sam about podcast encouragement, praying novenas, prayer requests, and marriage help. Thanks for your feedback! It makes my day!

Links to share: Pray More Novenas podcast

Related:
Episode #056 What the heck is self-care anyway?
Episode #036 Get Rid of Guilt

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July 25th, 2017

[podcast] How to Support Your Husband in Tough Times #081

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If work stress, job loss or some other challenge has your man down these days, you as his wife – the one he looks to most for love and affirmation – are in a unique position to help him feel like a hero again.

This week we’re sharing some practical ways wives can build up their husbands during difficult times:

1. Hear him.
Sometimes, your husband just wants to express his thoughts and feelings to a non-judgmental listener. If he vents about difficult people in his office, the evil boss that laid him off, or the lousy weather, let him do it.

Keep in mind, though, that men communicate more directly than women. Don’t interrupt with your own observations or “listen” while you change the baby’s diaper and sweep the floor. Your man will feel loved and listened to if you maintain eye contact and do nothing else while he speaks.

2. Feed him.
Food might not be the only way to a man’s heart, but it surely is an effective one. Is there a recipe your husband enjoys that you haven’t made in a while? Find time to make it this week. Is there a dish he always orders at a nearby restaurant? Get it “to-go” and surprise him with it tonight.

It’s not so much the food itself as it is the thought behind it that will make your husband feel loved. You can make sure he has a hot breakfast, bring him a beer, or simply set the table and light some candles to make ordinary fare more enticing.

3. Pray for him.
It seems obvious, but sometimes we get so busy we overlook the obvious. If you want blessings for your husband, you should head straight to the source – ask God to shower him with grace. You might also think of some small cross you regularly endure (carpools, folding laundry, dealing with tantrums) and offer it up for your husband’s intentions. That way, when these small sacrifices present themselves, you will not only have something to offer up for your husband, but a built-in reminder to pray for him as well.

4. Serve him.
What are some little things you can do to make your husband feel cared for? You might de-clutter a spot in the house where he likes to unwind, fill his drawer with clean socks and underwear, make sure the shower has a fresh bar of soap before his shower, or take out the trash without saying a word. His life is rough right now. Think of these small acts of service as smoothing some of the rough edges and helping him relax.

5. Touch him.
Yes, I’m talking about S-E-X here. It can be difficult for us women to understand sometimes, but sex really is the primary way most men communicate love. If your husband’s ego has been bruised, initiating intimacy, or even just being a little flirtatious, is a sure way to make him feel like the powerful, attractive man you know he is. Give him an unexpected kiss, offer a backrub, or send an email to let him know you’re thinking about him and can’t wait to spend time alone with him.

This week, we also hear from listeners Kristen, Marisa, Eleanor, Sam, and Rebekah about grocery budgets, making friends, HORMONES & time for fitness.

Also, I share about how I am (successfully!) praying a novena for the first time in a long time. The cool website helping me to do this is PrayMoreNovenas.com

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July 18th, 2017

[podcast] Simple Ways to Grow Closer to God #080

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In this week’s show, in addition to hormones and grocery budgets, we are talking about some simple ways to grow closer to God. As we read in James, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

So how do we do that? Well, I don’t think it needs to be as complicated as we sometimes make it. Here are my 4 simple ideas:

1. Morning offering
Give your day to God, at the start of your day, before you even know what good or bad things might happen. Then, cultivate the habit of repeating your “offering up” throughout the day, in moments of joy or sadness. Here’s the morning offering I like to pray, but you can use a different one, or make up your own!

2. Spiritual reading
We all have that pile of books next to our beds — the ones we meant o get around to reading but never find the time. Make it easier to start reading by keeping books where you might have some down time — in your bag, on the kitchen counter, or in the car. And make use of even small bits of time, just a few minutes is better than nothing! Start small, and you will find that time to read becomes much less of a challenge for you.

3. 15 minutes of mental prayer
Make time to talk with God! You can’t have a relationship with someone you never talk to. As Fr. Mike Schmitz suggests, this can be as easy as spending 7 ½ minutes listening, and then 7 ½ minutes sharing your thoughts with God each day. NOT TOO HARD! You can do this.

4. Examen at end of the day
Make it a habit to spend a few minutes reviewing your day at the end of each day. Think of where you did the right things and where you did wrong things. Give thanks to God for choosing the good, and pray an Act of Contrition for where you chose the bad. Resolve to do better and ask for the grace to do better the next day. Then you can sleep in peace!

This week, we also hear from listeners Melissa (about online women’s studies) and Kiersten (about finding more time for fitness).

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July 11th, 2017

[podcast] 6 Things to Say More Often #079

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This week we are talking about 6 things I think people should say more often. The ideas I share are:

1) Thank you.
Not just to show our appreciation and gratitude toward others, but to be more gracious and accepting when someone compliments you. Don’t reject compliments or try to negate them! Just say THANK YOU.

2) I’m sorry.
Good apologies or even just commiseration r the stuff that real relationships are built on. Admit when you are wrong, even when it’ hard, get over your pride, and apologize. You only have improved relationships to gain from it! (Here is the podcast I did about apologies last year: How to Say Sorry Like You Mean It)

3) Hello!
Look up from your phone, stop being so busy and distracted all the time, and truly connect with the human beings God places in our days. Say hello to the clerk at the check out, to others in line, to people you pass on the street, or to someone in your community who might be a new friend for you.

4) You’re great.
Or I love you, I like you, you did a great job, or I believe in you. We all have opportunities in our lives to be more encouraging and affirming of others. Point out the things that others do right or do well and you will be a blessing and an encouragement to them!

5) I need help.
So hard to say this sometimes, isn’t it? Why do we feel compelled to pretend we can do all the things all on our own? Well, whatever the reason, it’s time to stop. You will only wind up angry, resentful, and overwhelmed. Admit that you can’t do it all and ask for the help you need — nicely of course!

6) Nothing.
Sometimes the most important thing you can say is nothing at all. You do not always have to defend yourself, excuse yourself, and explain yourself. You do not always have to have the last word, and you do not always need to share your unsolicited opinion or advice. Just keeping quiet can be a great gift to yourself and others around you. Think before you speak!

Finally, we hear from Tracy who emailed me to ask my opinion of the Wonder Woman movie. I share my thoughts, but also want to hear yours. Have you seen it? Did you love it? What made it great?

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July 4th, 2017

[podcast] Knowing God’s Love with Sr. Miriam James #078

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This week I’m sharing a wonderful conversation I had recently with Sr. Miriam James, a sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Sr. Miriam is a beautiful witness to the goodness of God’s love with her own personal story of recovery from addiction and discovery of the beauty of the Church’s teaching on sexual identity, love, and commitment.

Sr. Miriam is such an inspiration, I just know you will love getting to know her and her work. Let me know what you think of our conversation!

Sr. Miriam James
Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together
Sr. Miriam on Twitter

Sr. Miriam James’ book, Loved as I Am

 

 

We also received a lot of feedback on the recent episode about moving more during your day. Listeners Catherine even shared this awesome photo of her “cycling work station” she improvised at home:

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June 27th, 2017

[podcast] Abiding in God’s Word with Elizabeth Foss #077

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This week’s conversation is with the lovely Elizabeth Foss, wife, mom, writer, and encourager of many. She shares about her newest project as founder and chief content director for Take Up & Read, a Scripture study designed for women. Elizabeth discusses her love of daily Bible reading and what motivated her to create this ministry. We also discuss the importance of female friendships and the role they play in our spiritual lives and formation.

I know you will love hearing all that Elizabeth has to share! And make sure you check out the Take Up & Read website to take part in this summer’s group study beginning July 8!

Elizabeth’s website
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Take Up and Read website

Books by Elizabeth:

Consider the Lilies (accompanies this summer’s study group)
Small Steps for Catholic Moms (we wrote this one together!)
Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the the Home

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